Galatea by James M. Cain, 1st/ 1st, 1953
This is a near fine copy of James M. Cain's 'Galatea', in first edition and first printing, 1953, New York. The boards are unmarked, and appear in beautiful original condition. The dustjacket is in near fine condition, with only slight marking on the tail and top edges. The textblocks are in near fine condition, but slight discolouring on the top, and appear as rough cut on the side. There is a blind stamp on the front recto from a personal collection, but the copy is void of previous owners ink. Overall this is a near fine copy.
Out of jail and back at work, a boxing trainer finds a woman worth fighting for It took some doing, but Duke Webster is out of prison. Val Valenty arranged the parole, and now the onetime boxing coach is his puppet, breaking his back on Valenty’s farm in exchange for a pittance. But Valenty is about to find out that boxing men never take orders without a scrap. The trouble starts when Webster meets Valenty’s wife. A barrel-shaped woman whose extreme weight makes her old before her time, Holly stays fat on Valenty’s cooking—meat, potatoes, and endless gravy. Webster puts her on a diet, slimming her down the way he would an over-the-hill pro in search of a comeback. But as her waistline shrinks and her beauty emerges, Valenty gets jealous—putting them on course for a bloody confrontation where only the hungry will survive.